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I was very perturbed several years ago when the county decided to go ahead with the Trinity Site Project; then I had high hopes that it would simply die quietly, and now that it came back to life, I am even more perturbed.
Let me explain my reasons why I am totally opposed to a resumption of this endeavor.
Years ago this county created a master plan for the development of downtown Los Alamos. This plan was modified on and off, but fundamentally remained intact. Each time the basic premise remained to center the development of downtown on the intersection between Central Avenue and 15th Street.
The downtown area should be beautiful, compact, enhancing pedestrian traffic, and comfortable for citizens and visitors alike. The first step was the connector between Central Avenue and the Central Plaza. The second was the construction of a Civic Center east of Ashley Pond.
Unfortunately it did not fly, because it ended up being too expensive. But the Bradbury Science Museum and the YMCA started to round off the picture.
The hope that the downtown development would continue as had been planned for years was dramatically shattered, when the Los Alamos School Board wanted to sell its property in order to acquire needed funds.
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